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March 3, 2011
The letter by Robert Greene on March 1 ("Gay marriage contradicts god's word") demonstrates several of the inherent weaknesses of the anti-same-sex marriage arguments. The most glaring is the notion that the Bible is supposed to be the basis of our state and nation's laws, despite the intended separation of church and state. It's not. But for argument's sake, say the Bible should be a source for our laws. One must then ask, why is the issue of same-sex relationships dragged into public debate when so many of the other things the Bible espouses are not?
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | July 3, 2014
His family doesn't know if Zack actually heard any of it firsthand. Maybe he was at that City Council meeting (some people swear he was) or maybe not. Either way, they figure he probably knew about the things that were said, how his neighbors in the small town of Norman, Okla., paraded to the microphone that evening in 2010 to denounce the proclamation of GLBT -- Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender -- History Month. They warned of a "slippery slope" to hate-crime laws, said gay people were out to "recruit" children, claimed 78 percent of all gay people have -- and die from -- sexually transmitted diseases.
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NEWS
January 25, 2013
I emphatically disagree with Melissa Otterbein's commentary regarding the AFC champions ("Sorry, but God isn't a Ravens fan," Jan. 23). On the contrary, I postulate that God favors the Ravens. As the Bible states in Psalms 147-9:10 (English Standard Version with my commentary in brackets), "He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry. His delight is not in the strength of the horse [Colts/Broncos],nor his pleasure in the legs of a man [Patriots historic logo is a patriot hiking a ball between his legs while 49ers historic logo is a leaping gold miner]
NEWS
By David Horsey | April 8, 2014
Until Film director Darren Aronofsky got his hands on it, the old tale of Noah's Ark had devolved into a cute children's fable of giraffes and elephants and bears and bunnies crowding onto a big boat. Aronofsky has re-envisioned it as what it really has always been: an apocalyptic, end-of-the-world disaster story. Biblical literalists, though, are not entirely happy about this new telling of one of the most ancient stories in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Aronofsky's "Noah" opened Friday in theaters across America and the big question for Paramount, the studio that paid more than $130 million to produce the film, is whether the large Christian audience that showed up for Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" and the more recent "Son of God" will pay to see what Aronofsky has called "the least biblical film ever made.
NEWS
February 9, 2012
In response to R. Smith's recent letter ("The flawed arguments against same-sex marriage," Feb. 6), it is quite clear to me that the writer has never read the Bible. God made it quite clear that a marriage is not made of two people of the same gender. Specifically, I refer to Matthew 19:4-6, "that at the beginning, the creator made them male and female, and said, For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. ... So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.
NEWS
October 25, 2012
I am writing as a pastor to express my support for Question 6, which allows gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to be married in Maryland. Biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan explains that the concept of justice in the Bible is not punitive but distributive. Justice is not about punishment but about making sure everyone on earth gets a fair share. No one should be left out. No one short changed. Everyone should have equal access to food, shelter and clothing for sure.
NEWS
October 29, 2012
I appreciated Dan Rodricks ' insightful and compassionate column on the arguments against marriage equality being made by some church leaders, based on parts of the Bible that condemn homosexuality as "an abomination worthy of death" ("Same-sex unions: What would Jesus do?" Oct. 25). As a student of the Old Testament, I examined the Book of Leviticus, from which that phrase is drawn, as well as other parts of the Bible. Sure enough, a man lying with another man commits a mortal sin. But lo and behold: In the Book of Exodus, working on the Sabbath is also a mortal sin. Elsewhere in Leviticus, a man who eats shellfish or pork, or cuts his hair and beard, also commits acts worthy of death.
NEWS
May 15, 2012
You keep hearing this mantra repeated by those who would prevent same-sex couples from marrying, "God intended marriage to be between one man and one woman. " Where do they get this stuff? Have they never read their Bible? It is clear from Genesis on that God intended marriage to be between one man and many women. All of the patriarchs had numerous wives, and King Solomon, who apparently was wealthy enough to afford them, had one thousand. We may question his wisdom, but not his stamina.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 27, 2011
OK, put your books away. We're having a pop quiz. Below are four quotes. Each is from one of two sources: the Bible or the Quran — although, just to make things interesting, there's also a chance all four are from one book. Two were edited for length and one of those was also edited to remove a religion-specific reference. Your job: Identify the holy book of origin. Ready? Go: • "... Wherever you encounter [nonbelievers], kill them, seize them, besiege them, wait for them at every lookout post ... " • "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2013
The networks might be struggling on Sunday nights but not basic cable's the History Channel. The miniseries beat everything in sight Sunday night with record ratings for "The Bible. " I think this quote from executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett might be a little over the top: "Today, more people are discussing God's chosen people -- Moses and Abraham -- in one day than ever before," Downey and Burnett are quoted as saying in a History Channel statement.   Still, you have to be impressed by the numbers.
NEWS
Letter to The Aegis | April 3, 2014
TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster "Noah" as being "pro-animal" and unfaithful to the Bible. Well, yes and no. The film is both pro-animal and faithful to the Bible, at least to the Book of Genesis, our only source for the story of Noah. After all, Genesis 1:29 admonishes "Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit -- to you it shall be for food.
NEWS
April 1, 2014
TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster "Noah" as being "pro-animal" and unfaithful to the Bible. Well, yes and no. The film is both pro-animal and faithful to the Bible, at least to the Book of Genesis, our only source for the story of Noah. After all, Genesis 1:29 admonishes "Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit - to you it shall be for food.
NEWS
December 28, 2013
The outrage industry was in high dudgeon just before Christmas over remarks "Duck Dynasty" family patriarch, Phil Robertson, made to GQ magazine about homosexuality. Outrage is the primary ingredient for political fundraising and political power. One must always have an enemy. Let's go down the "I Take Offense" checklist and make sure all the boxes were "ticked" before considering a larger point. -- Liberal New York writer goes slumming among the hayseeds in Louisiana and deliberately creates a controversy by asking a Bible-loving Christian to define sin. Check.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
We will find out tonight which Orioles win Gold Gloves. In today's edition of The Baltimore Sun, I broke down each of the six positions in which Orioles are nominated for Gold Gloves and predicted wins for third baseman Manny Machado, catcher Matt Wieters and shortstop J.J. Hardy. Read more about that here . A few days ago, I also took a look at the new defensive analytic that will make up about 25 to 30 percent of the vote and will also undoubtedly affect the way the award is decided.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2013
Edwin L. Kess, a retired labor relations director who was active in his church, died May 22 of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Columbia. He was 86. "Edwin was strong-willed and wanted to succeed. He wanted to succeed in whatever he tried to do," said a brother, the Rev. Leon Kess Jr., retired pastor of Queen's Chapel United Methodist Church in Beltsville. The son of a U.S. Custom House worker and a cafeteria employee, Edwin Leroy Kess was born and raised in Fairfield. After graduating from Frederick Douglass High School in 1944, Mr. Kess enlisted in the Army and at the end of World War II, returned to Baltimore.
NEWS
May 22, 2013
A Vacation Bible School with the joint ministries of Friendship United Methodist Church, Mount Zion United Methodist Church and St. James Parrish will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 23-27 at 5757 Solomons Island Road in Lothian. Bible school is for children age 3 through the fifth grade. The fee is $10. Register by June 1 and receive a T-shirt. Information: 408-867-2838 or tinyurl.com/vbsinsouthcounty.
EXPLORE
September 13, 2012
I'm writing in regards to Maya Thakar quoting the Golden Rule ("Goal should be happiness, not banning gay marriage," letter, Aug. 30). Perhaps notably, the entire verse of Matthew 7:12 was not quoted. This passage from Scripture, as well as every verse therein, cannot be quoted out of context nor used to advance an agenda contrary to biblical teaching. One cannot use the words of Jesus to approve a situation which He never would, namely, gay "marriage. " People must stop using biblical passages to justify gay "marriage.
EXPLORE
October 11, 2012
Regarding Todd Reitzel's recent letter (Sept. 27), one must realize that the interpretation of Holy Scripture is not based on politically correct consensus. Neither is it open to personal interpretation (cf. 2 Peter 1:20). The establishment of marriage is seen from the first couple, Adam and Eve, a man and a woman. Genesis 2:24 is clear and should be pondered. God did not create other sets of couples alongside Adam and Eve. We come from God and the reality is he loves everyone: both those with opposite sex attraction and same sex attraction.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 6, 2013
Joe Pekarek, 18, and Levi Pekarek, 15, of Forest Hill, from Grace Bible Quizzing represented Maryland during the Bible Quiz Fellowship's 12th annual national competition in Green Lake, Wisc., the week of April 15. Bible Quiz Fellowship (BQF) is an organization that sponsors local Bible quiz competitions around the country and the four-day national tournament every April. They use an eight-year rotation that spans the entire New Testament. This year, the teams quizzed on the Gospel of Matthew.
NEWS
By Nina Beth Cardin | May 6, 2013
In 1967, historian Lynn White Jr. ignited a firestorm that burns still today. In a widely discussed article titled "The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis," he laid a charge at the doorstep of the Judeo-Christian community: The Bible is responsible for the world's environmental degradation. The Bible and its story of creation, he argued, sowed the seeds of the destructive mandate that animates Western civilization. Humans were given the right, the calling, by God to "be fruitful and multiply, fill the Earth and master it. " Charged by this narrative, the Western world has taken "dominion" to be one of the highest callings of human existence.
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